The Güell Pavilions are on Avinguda Pedralbes and were incredibly innovative at the time. They are very colourful buildings and the star of it with no doubt is the giant mythological dragon that is in the main door and it is a synthesis of Gaudí's symbolism and love for artisan materials.
Eusebi Güell wanted to extend his family's holiday home and Gaudí was the chosen one for this job, what he didn't know yet was that Mr Güell would become his main patron. Gaudí worked on the project from 1884 to 1887, he worked on the garden and built the two gatehouses that were intended to be the caretaker's house and the stables.
The gatehouses have a stone base and brick arches with ceramic decorations, very typical from Gaudí. There is a medallion bearing the initial of the owner of the state, but as mentioned the star is the incredible dragon in the gate made of forged iron, the dragon represents the Garden of the Hesperides.
The dragon represents the one that guarded the Garden of the Hesperides, which was overcome by Hercules as one of his twelve labours. Another blink to the Hesperides is also an antimony orange tree. The shape of the dragon corresponds with the position of the Serpens constellation.
Gaudí was also responsible partially for the design of the garden, he built two fountains and a pergola and he planted Mediterranean species such as palms, cypresses, magnolias, eucalyptus etc...
In 1969 the Güell Pavilions was declared a Monument of Historic and Artistic Interest, nowadays the pavilions are used as the headquarters of the Royal Gaudí chair and belongs to the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Opening times: it is opened daily from 10 to 16h
Avinguda de Pedralbes, 7